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Explorer Scouts (14 – 18 years old)

Explorers are a go-getting group of young people aged 14 to 18. Together, they make up the fourth section of the Scouts. Week in and week out, they gather in groups called Units to try new things, make new friends and conquer the small task of changing the world.

Being an Explorer is all about discovering the world on your own terms and making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are. Alongside your new friends, you’ll master the skills that will make you feel stronger and happier in the long run, and try things you’d never get the chance to do at home or at school.

We have 4 Explorer Units in Barnet. Throughout the year our Explorers play key roles in supporting the district. These have included maintaining our campsite, running stalls at events and of course, all of our Young Leaders supporting local groups.

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Badges

Master something you love, or try something shiny and new. If it spurs you on or stirs your interest, we’ve probably got a badge for it. Click below to check out all 40 badges available.

If you were a Beaver, Cub or Scout, you’ll already know that being a Scout is all about completing awards at every step of the journey. As an Explorer, there are more chances to soar than ever before, as you’ll be introduced to a whole new range of Top Awards. You can work towards as many awards as you like, at your own pace. You can also find all of the core badges available to Explorers.

Uniform

Explorers usually wear a beige shirt or blouse with their badges sewn on, which they pair with their Unit or Group scarf. This is available to buy in most school uniform shops and online at the Scout Shop.

Below you can check out where to sew on the different badges and awards. If you have any questions you can always ask your leader!

Promise

Every Explorer is unique, but they find common ground in their shared Scout values, and make a promise to stick by them. Making a promise when you join the Unit is a way of celebrating these values.

Every time a new Explorer decides to join, they chat through their promise with their leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Explorers. Family and friends might come along to see this, too. The process usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in, and is known as being ‘invested’ into Explorers.

Below you can choose your promise:

For Christians, Jews and Sikhs

On my honour,
I promise that I will do my best
to do my duty to God
and to the Queen,
to help other people
and to keep the Scout Law.

For Hindus and Buddhists

On my honour,
I promise that I will do my best
to do my duty to my Dharma
and to the Queen,
to help other people
and to keep the Scout Law.

For Muslims

In the name of Allah,
the Most Beneficial
and the Most Merciful,
I promise that I will do my best
to do my duty to Allah
and to the Queen,
to help other people
and to keep the Scout Law.

For Humanists, atheists and those with no defined faith

On my honour,
I promise that I will do my best
to uphold our Scout values,
to do my duty to the Queen,
to help other people
and to keep the Scout Law.

The Scout Law

When joining, Explorers agree to keep The Scout Law. This includes 7 of our values:

  1.  A Scout is to be trusted.
  2.  A Scout is loyal.
  3.  A Scout is friendly and considerate.
  4.  A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts.
  5.  A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  6.  A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
  7.  A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

From white water rafting one day, to making a difference at Westminster Abbey

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls